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Updated: One Of Three Wakulla Inmates Who Escaped Last Week Now In Custody

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Wakulla County Sheriff's office
25-year-old Casey Martina (middle), one of three inmates who escaped from the Wakulla County jail Friday, is now in custody. Authorities are still looking for 43-year-old Joel Cooper and 44-year-old Donald Cotterman.

New details are emerging into Tuesday’s capture of Casey Martina, one of three Wakulla County inmates who escaped the local jail last week. He was caught in North Carolina.

 

4 p.m.

At around three Tuesday morning, Rowan County sheriff’s deputies arrested 25-year-old Martina.

After an anonymous tip was called in, authorities in North Carolina found the Wakulla County inmate sleeping on the couch of a mobile home.

In addition to facing charges as a fugitive, Martina is also charged with possessing a stolen vehicle. Deputies found him with keys in his pocket to a jeep registered in Virginia.

Martina along with 43-year-old Joel Cooper and 44-year-old Donald Cotterman escaped Friday through the ceiling of Wakulla County jail’s law library. Cooper and Cotterman are still at large.

Wakulla County Sheriff’s deputies are now in the process of extraditing Martina back to the Wakulla County Jail.

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11:30 a.m.

One of the three Wakulla County inmates who escaped the local jail last week is now in custody. He was captured in North Carolina.

As of around 11 a.m., the youngest of the three inmates—25-year-old Casey Martina—was in the custody of the law enforcement in Rowan County, North Carolina.

Wakulla County Sheriff’s deputies are now in the process of extraditing Martina back to the Wakulla County Jail.

The other two inmates are still at large. 43-year-old Joel Cooper and 44-year-old Donald Cotterman are considered dangerous. So, authorities are asking area residents to remain vigilant.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.